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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A wonderful spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and mutual support exists in the world of craft brewing. We have harnessed this spirit fully in the crafting of this special collaborative brew dedicated to the resilient people of Japan who are bravely endeavoring to overcome the tragedy of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We tip our brewing hats to the quiet elegance and humble sophistication of Japanese culture through the judicious addition of Japanese whole leaf green tea to this big, bold, spicy and herbal IPA. Cheers, Japan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
12 oz bottle on 11/21/11. deep golden / orange pour with a 1+ finger white head. herbal bitter nose. medium body with citrus bitterness, spice and light caramel malts. lasting herbal bitter finish with spices and citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Shared 12oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with a lot of sediment floating in there. Aroma is standard hoppy india pale ale, hops, not a lot green tea aroma. Flavor is hoppy but the green tea is pretty much hidden here. Still a good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle. A murky yellow orange color with floates. A fruity and herbal aroma that nicely compliments the hops. A medium body, smooth, heavy and wet on the palate with a dry finish. The flavors are muted as the green tea dampens the hops. A nice beer but not something to come back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16909) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy spicy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle. Half an inch of particulates at the bottom. Poured carefully, yields a practically opaque orange brew with unfortunately limp head. Smells more like mandarin orange than green tea at first, and then after a few minutes of warming, it smells like green tea but not brewed green tea, more like green tea ice cream. And that orange essence persists in this unique and delicate aroma. Palate a bit oily but is soft. Nice herbal character, and again that orange essence flavor emerges, yielding to a very pleasant dry leafy finish. The flavors reveal a good partnership between citrus hop and mellow tea. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being hit on the head even more with the tea. I tend to vibe off of tea beer, especially the tea + hops formula. This is pretty tasty stuff I could drink more of. Wow, is it really 9+%? I would never have known.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Cloudy, dark orange, almost tan. First point is wow - the 9+% alcohol is completely hidden unless you’re really trying to look for it. A very tasting beer given its alcohol too. Lots of citrus and grassy flavors and not too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Cloudy orange - may have been clear, except I accidentally dumped the entire load of dregs from the bottom of the bottle. Slight head. Aroma is citric hops and faint tea. Flavor is interesting, gently sweet malts with a strong, but not bitter hop presence - mostly citric, slight spicy and lemon, and then a distinct green tea note on the finish. This worked far, far better than I was expecting, and was actually quite good. Alcohol totally hidden. A rather fantastic beer actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thin white ring for a head. Aroma of pine, hops, tea, and citrus. Citrus flavor with green tea flavor with a moderate hop bitter bite at the end, Medium body with great lacing. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a great large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong floral hops is dominant and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by strong floral hoppy notes with light bitterness level and a bready malt backbone that is quite solid. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and very interesting to drink though I can’t say the tea really made much of a difference atste-wise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 11/2011 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very murky apricot color with a trace white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart orange, lemon, bread and kiwi. The flavor was bitter with tangy and sour nut, peach pits, citrus, tea and pepper. The finish was incredibly long and very bitter with sourdough bread and pepper notes. Fairly full bodied. Odd.

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